Cardinals running back David Johnson didn’t take part in the team’s mandatory minicamp in June amid a push for a long-term extension, but he won’t be extending his absence into training camp.
Johnson posted a video of himself in front of his locker wearing a helmet on Monday, which is the reporting date for Cardinals rookies, quarterbacks and players coming off of injury. The Cardinals confirmed that Johnson, who missed almost all of last season with a wrist injury, is in the building.
Johnson captioned his video with “In Gods hands now … primed and ready to prove it!” That could be a reference to his health or to his contract, which Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim said in June was something the team looks forward to addressing. There was word that Johnson would get a new deal before the start of the season, but Keim is currently suspended as a result of his DUI arrest and that could change the timeframe to get a deal done.
Johnson is set to make $1.88 million in the fourth and final year of his rookie deal.
The Cardinals want to see more of Sam Bradford during the regular season.
That’s why they want to see more of him now.
Via Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic, Bradford’s workload has gradually increased over the offseason, leading into this week’s three-day minicamp.
“It was obviously good to be out there today to get some of that work,” Bradford said. “To this point, I’ve really just kind of been building into it. But I feel really good right now and obviously to be able to be out there and move around with the guys, it was a lot of fun today.”
The status of Bradford’s left knee will make his availability a question the rest of his career. But his current health is a good sign heading into training camp, where the Cardinals intend him to get comfortable as the starter.
“We devised a plan,” Bradford said. “We stuck to that plan and the plan was to get stronger and to feel good coming out of this part of the offseason so that during the five weeks leading up to training camp, I can really build on what we had done here and come into training camp ready to go.
“I think the plan’s worked. My body feels really good right now.”
As long as he holds up, the Cardinals can groom rookie Josh Rosen for the future. But Bradford’s background being what it is (he’s played 16 games twice in his career), it’s also important to have Rosen as ready as possible.
The Cardinals drafted Josh Rosen in the first round of the NFL Draft and they agreed to terms with Chad Kanoff as an undrafted free agent last week, which left them with an overstuffed depth chart at quarterback.
They took steps to alleviate that on Monday. The Cardinals have released quarterbacks Brandon Doughty and Alek Torgersen from their 90-man roster.
Both players joined the team on April 5 as waiver claims. Doughty was waived by the Dolphins, who drafted him in the seventh round of the 2016 draft, and Torgersen was dropped after joining the Lions practice squad last December.
The moves leaves the Cardinals with Rosen, Kanoff, Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon at quarterback. The Cardinals need to release two more players before making their undrafted additions official before this weekend’s rookie minicamp.